Homes and businesses will have access to more data through Sky Muster satellite services, following a decision by NBN Co to provide additional broadband data from April 1.
This data boost will ensure that those working and studying at home are still connected and productive over the coming months while the community practices physical distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus.
NBN Co will offer permanent enhancements to its Sky Muster Plus offering, and a temporary increase to data allowances for standard Sky Muster plans.
Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said higher than usual internet usage across the NBN was anticipated as we adapted to new ways of living and working.
Senator for New South Wales, Jim Molan, said: “With more of us staying in and relying on our home broadband for work and study, this Sky Muster data boost will make a real difference, helping us stay connected and productive over the coming months,” he said.
Under the new offering, approximately 70 percent of all data use is expected to be unmetered, compared to about 30 percent under the current plans, and the product will support unmetered usage for education applications and apps such as Skype and FaceTime for the first time.
NBN Co will also introduce a new 25GB entry plan offering 25GB of peak data and 25GB of offpeak data for households with lower data needs that still need the flexibility of unmetered data, and the option of top-up data.
Satellite broadband retailers will have temporary access to an extra 45GB of download data for each standard Sky Muster plan from March 31.
Media release, Mar 27
Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety, Arts, Paul Fletcher
Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications, Local Government, Mark Coulton
Senator for NSW, Jim Molan